It was only a few weeks ago that the first and only complete modular workholding system for extra-large parts made its trade show debut at IMTS 2022.
Dubbed the Bluco 8024 Series, the system’s six-foot knees attracted a lot of attention. In fact, our application engineers have been busy doing what they do best — designing, proposing and delivering solutions — since we got back from the show.
But it goes without saying that last week wasn’t the first time a manufacturer had large parts to machine. So why not just keep doing it the way it’s been done in the past? Why not just continue stacking small components to make a large fixture? Why not just use whatever’s on hand to create an open set up?
Because doing it the old way is costing you time, money and resources. Bluco’s 8024 system puts time back on the clock, profit back in your books and keeps raw materials out of the scrap heap.
How? Size, versatility and customer support. Consider the 3 common scenarios below, and their potential outcomes with and without the benefits of the 8024 system.
Unlike the modular fixture shown above, this example of an open setup uses blocks stacked loose on the machine bed. This method makes it difficult to accurately locate the part, and even harder to repeat the "fixture."